How to draw an arrow in Photoshop tutorial

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Draw arrow in Photoshop

how to draw an arrow in Photoshop tutorial
  1. View menu for drawing the arrow in Photoshop

  2. Show and grid

  3. Select the brush tool and color (black) and select the default basic soft round brush and size (40px)

  4. Click one of grid row / columns

  5. Hold shift down and move horizontally a couple of cells and click

  6. Go upwards and back at 45 degrees and holding shift and click

  7. Go back to the original end point

  8. Click and go down and back at 45 degrees while holding shift and click for the Photoshop arrow


Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


Basics : basicThe above is a basic design on the background layer. You could also draw the design onto a layer. You could also draw the layer freehand without holding the shift key to force constraint to a straight line. You can also use a brush stroke to draw on a layer.


Literally millions of unique designs can be created by using this approach


Grids :

gridCreate document 400 x 400. Go to the preferences and the Guides, grids and slices section. Set grid line every 100 pixels and subdivision 1 and click OK


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Basic shape : bevel artwork Goto the View menu and then Show and grid. Select the brush tool. Set the color (black). Select to the default basic soft round brush and size (40px). Layer menu and New layer. Click the 2nd row / 1st column. Hold shift and go to the 2nd row / 3rd column. Click. Hold shift down. Goto to the 1st row and 2nd column and click. Click 3rd row and 2nd column

Hold shift down and go to the 2nd row / 3rd column


The above is a very basic artwork and you could as easily have used a 20 x 20 sized grid and made a longer artwork. The design is on a layer so effects and layer effects can be added so a bevel or shadow to can be added as above


Scanner approach : scansYou can also use a scanner to create the stroke.


Draw a lot of brushes on a piece of white paper. Scan that image ( file menu and import and images from device). Go to image. Select an area with one of your drawn graphics and copy. Paste into a new document.


Goto the Layer menu and Flatten image and then Select menu and use the Select and mask. Select area of the stroke. Output to selection (or one of the others). Drag into the libraries panel to store the design


Of course, you may wish to do a little cleanup on the image. The scanned white will probably not be very white and the selection will have a border so perhaps use the select menu and select and mask to obtain only the required artwork. You should be able to get a pretty decent drawing from the scanned artwork and that should be usable as a brush or layer


Pen tool : penSelect the pen tool. Set to path. Use the grid and create the design with the standard rectangle and then add the triangle head. Once you have this as a path, you can go to the path panel and then right click and select the stroke option and select brush and simulate pressure. You can now select all kinds of brushes and sizes and repeat this over and over.


Sadly there is no preview feature so the results are very much trial and error.


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